I won’t deny it - the 6.3-litre, 730bhp Ferrari F12 Berlinetta was the car I was most excited about seeing at Geneva. And it didn’t disappoint, though I don’t think it has quite the same elegance as the 599.
But now that the buzz of the first day is over, I’ve been wondering what my ‘real world star of the show’ is. Meaning that it must be in production form and not cost more than most people’s houses. The Vauxhall Astra VXR narrowly missed out, even though I think it looks fantastic and I have high hopes for the dynamics given the high-tech suspension and mechanical diff. And so it was that the cheaper, equally impressive-looking Fiesta ST got my vote in the end.
After all, whilst a £250k Ferrari is an extraordinarily intoxicating thing – even just to sit in - the Fiesta promises the sort of everyday accessibility and fun that will resonate with the masses in a way that the exclusive F12 never will.